35 years of MARTA History

Lithonia Police receive defibrillators

Eastside Medical Center Chief Financial Officer Jason Limbaugh, center, presented three automated external defibrillators to the Lithonia Police Department. Photos by Carla Parker

  Lithonia police officers now have the ability to shock someone back to life if need be after receiving automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The Lithonia Police Department received three AEDs from the Eastside Medical Center in Snellville April 15. An AED is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to […]

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Southwest DeKalb athletes sign college scholarships

Darsan DeShazier & Lauren Jones

Southwest DeKalb High School’s athletic department was full of excitement April 16 as two senior athletes signed scholarships. Lauren Jones signed an acrobatics and tumbling scholarship to the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore., and Darsan DeShazier signed a basketball scholarship to Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla. DeShazier, a guard on […]

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Five teams capture regional track championships

Athletes at the starting position in a race

DeKalb County dominated in the regional track championships held April 14-17 five teams won region titles. Marist boys and girls, Miller Grove girls, St. Pius boys and Stephenson boys became champions in their respective regions. The Miller Grove Lady Wolverines upset defending region and state champion Dunwoody with a 57-point victory to capture the Region […]

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South DeKalb YMCA may get $4.9 million upgrade

The proposed renovation and expansion of the South DeKalb YMCA “makes good business sense,” said Eston Hood, of YMCA of Metro Atlanta.

The South DeKalb YMCA soon will get a $4.9 million renovation and expansion. The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners is considering a public-private partnership between the YMCA, DeKalb County and the DeKalb County Development Authority. Commissioner are scheduled to vote on the partnership in May. “It’s a win-win-win for everybody involved,” said Eston Hood, vice […]

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The last good-bye to two loving souls

Hundreds of people attended the memorial service for Tami and Jess Willadsen, who tragically died on April 12 in a fire at their Avondale Estates home. At the alter, Tami’s father Joe Eifrid, sister Andrea Avery and brother Joey Eifrid described Tami as a leading advocate for her community with tenacity and wit and Jess as a wise and mature 10-year-old with a shining personality. Photo by Marta Garcia

  A memorial service was held April 17 at the Avondale Estates First Baptist Church to remember and honor the live of Tami and Jess Willadsen, who died April 12 in a fire at their Avondale Estates home. Tami was 43 and Jess was 10. Hundreds of people gathered to support the family members in […]

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Living without gluten

People with celiac disease or have gluten intolerance have to find the gluten-free option for eating bread, cereal and pasta. Photo by Marta Garcia

Staff Writer Marta Garcia describes her personal experiences, and those of others, of dealing with Celiac Disease.   The day I was diagnosed with celiac disease, about five months ago, I felt sad but relieved. Sad because it meant a lot changes in my life, but relieved because I knew the pain, the nausea and […]

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Add the GRAND CANYON to your bucket list


Some places defy description and really do have to be seen to be fully appreciated. The Grand Canyon is one such place. Last year when I visited Las Vegas, I wavered on whether it would be worth my time for a full-day tour of the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam. The daylong bus trip—which […]

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Engaging Tappin’ Thru Life is a must-see

Brothers John and Leo Manzari show off their tapping skills in Tappin’ Thru Life at the Alliance Theatre. Photos courtesy of the Alliance Theatre.

Maurice Hines is a world renowned dancer who has mesmerized audiences on Broadway and around the world. So one might immediately surmise that his new show at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, Tappin’ Thru Life, would be nonstop dance. One would be wrong. Tappin’ Thru Life is a rich tapestry of amazing dance, musical performances, vocals, history […]

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